With worship places shut across the globe due to COVID-19 spread, every household this time turned out to be a place for worship. Perhaps for the first time, Muslims performed Eid-ul-Fitr namaz confined to their homes. In fact, this year the charm of the festivity was virtually absent as people remained indoors for the past two months sacrificing their regular five time prayers, night long Taraweeh prayers during the holy month of Ramadan besides the traditional nonbu kanji prepared and distributed mosques.
To be precise, this Eid became a closed door affair across the globe with Muslims performing Eid-ul-Fitr prayers alongwith their family members at their dwellings. Sadly, the usual fanfare with Muslims both young, old and the tiny-tots jostling with each other heading to the Idgah ground in their new attire reciting thakbeers all along the route from their homes were all missing this time while not to speak of the absence of illuminated mosques, huge gatherings and the shopping spree with people making a beeline to bazars especially a day before the festival.A subdued Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations this year, says Jamat-e-Islami Hind public relations secretary
A Abdul Hakkim, who used to be at the helm during the two great festivals every year wherein mass gathering is seen at Karumbukkadai Islamiya school grounds with separate enclosure for women-folk. Likewise, the Idgah at Poo Market Hyder Ali Tippu Sulthan mosque here wore a deserted look as it was one of the important place for the annual congregation.
Heeding to the request of Tamil Nadu Jamathul Ulema Sabai to perform their Eid prayers at their homes, Muslims spread across the state offered Eid prayers alongwith their family members. Interestingly, many households witnessed members maintaining social distancing and wearing face masks during their prayers.In a first, the Podanur Thirumarai Nagar Masjidhun Noor management created a mohalla whatsapp group and started to post spiritual discourses (bhayans) right from Day 1 of Ramadan during afternoon and night. This innovative initiative was well received among the residents.
All said and done, the festival celebrated amidst the shadow of pandemic had some positive impact too as people started to adapt to a new normal lifestyle at this hour of crisis. Let this festival usher in peaceful existence of different faiths.